Case booked for spreading fake news on coronavirus

Source: PTI | Published on 16th March 2020, 7:42 PM | National News |

Hyderabad: A case was booked on Monday against an unknown person for allegedly spreading fake news about coronavirus (COVID-19) in the social media, police said here.

The case was booked under section 54 (punishment for false warning) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, following a complaint by a police official who stated that one unknown person was spreading fake news about coronavirus in a local whatsapp group, a press release from the Rachakonda Police Commissionerate said.

Further investigations were underway.

Earlier, the city police had issued a warning against spreading false information on coronavirus and asked citizens not to believe in any unverified news or messages.

Three people were tested positive for the virus in Telangana and one among them was subsequently discharged after treatment.

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